Monday May 4, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Information and Culture congratulated the World Press Freedom Day to all media workers in the country, saying UN General Assembly has declared May 3rd as World Press Freedom Day, and this day is celebrated both nationally and globally.
“The main purpose of celebrating World Press Freedom Day is to reaffirm and strengthen the commitment of governments and nations on this day to the freedom of the press as well as media needed to reiterates their commitments for providing accurate, unbiased and reliable information to the public,” a statement from the ministry said.
Freedom of the press is guaranteed in the Afghan constitution, the media law and other applicable laws.
If we are to discuss our achievements over the past nineteen years, with no doubt, media development, the strengthening and institutionalization of freedom of expression, and the right to access information are among our most important achievements,” the ministry added.
The Ministry of Information and Culture is renewing its strong and unwavering commitment to protect and safeguard this great achievement and to strengthen and institutionalize it further, the statement said.
“This year, we celebrate the day at the time that outbreak of the coronavirus threatens human life and continues to cause many social, cultural and economic problems.
In such a difficult and tense situation, people need accurate and reliable information. We also need to make the peace process a success, and that requires careful information,” the ministry further said. According to the ministry, it was the responsibility of the media to provide accurate and unbiased information to the public at this critical juncture, and not to allow information gaps to be created.
The Ministry of Information and Culture congratulates all journalists and other media workers on World Press Freedom Day and wishes them all the best of luck,” the statement concluded.
Monday May 4, 2020